Area Health Institutions Attempt Translational Medicine Center | KCUR

Area Health Institutions Attempt Translational Medicine Center

Aug 26, 2013

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital would be one of a number of Jackson County institutions to benefit from proceeds from a 1/2-cent sales tax for translational medicine.
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The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to place a 20-year, half-cent sales tax measure on the November 5 ballot.

Aimed at boosting economic development and funding research, supporters call it a game-changer for Kansas City, a way to bolster the area's claim as a hub of life science research. Opponents haven't galvanized, at least in a visible way. But lots of questions are being raised.

In the second segment of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Dr. Lawrence Dreyfus, vice chancellor for research & economic development at UMKC, and David Westbrook, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Children’s Mercy Hospital to talk about translational medicine and what they hope to spend $40 million on each year.